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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B0000488TQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time After Time
2. Douce Ambiance
3. Estate
4. Made In France
5. La Ballade Irlandaise
6. Isn't She Lovely
7. Road Song
8. Zurezat
9. Stompin' At The Savoy
10. Les Amoureux Des Bancs Publics
11. Blackbird
12. Syracuse
13. Looking Up

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Format: Audio CD
This album promised great things - 2 superb guitarists, both with powerful technique and musical flair in abundance, playing an interesting range of tunes.

In almost every way, it delivers on its promise. These are 2 of the finest Jazz guitarists in the "gypsy" style, and have considerable experience in other areas too. They obviously enjoy playing together, and do so with great precision and invention. Its a pleasure to hear such great players enjoying themselves.

A couple of the tunes here are real crackers - "Time After Time" (best known of Cyndi Lauper), is the opener, and for me the finest track on the album. Its a brilliant arrangement, honouring the original, and with a unique something that distinguishes it from the original at the same time - there is plenty of superb technique on display too, but never for its own sake. Hearing this one first is a little bit of a problem, because it sets a musical standard rarely matched in the other 12 tracks. A personal favourite is "Made in France", a Bireli Lagrene original which revels in the gypsy sound. "Blackbird" (Lennon/McCartney) is also fantastic.

There is an annoying tendency to use the guitars as percussion rather than strings on this album - I like a bit of tapping and string noise, and a bit of drumming on the soundboard every now and again doesn't go amiss either, but many of the tracks simply never get going, because they are constantly fractured by often intrusive choppy, broken rhythms from the accompanying guitar. Very clever but ultimately unsatisfying. And there is a problem with style here too (for me at least). Its neither one thing or the other. Certainly not "gypsy", except in small sections, so you don't get many dazzling runs, driving rhythms or catchy tunes.
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A most enjoyable disc, showing virtuosity while maintaining a soundscape that's very easy to take. Some very familiar tunes are the launchers for improvisations which these two go on with in their distinct styles of playing, but combining extremely well.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "adam_bulley" on 22 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love this album! The playing from Lagrene and Luc is of highest standard, showing just how impressive two guitars can sound in the hands of masters.
I would recommend this album to guitarists, musicians, music lovers, okay just about everyone!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Virtuosity and Musicality of the highest order. 28 Feb. 2000
By Richard Cohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard Sylvain Luc in Paris recently and was astounded by his extraordinary instrumental mastery and his remarkable interpretations of jazz and pop classics that are completely accessible and entirely fresh. Birelli has been a guitar god since his prodigious youth and has come a long way since his early days of channeling Django--in fact his most recent outings on disc have included a Sinatra Tribute on which he sings ( to great effect) as well as an album devoted to standards. (and to understand how complete a player he is, check out his work with the late-great Jaco Pastorious for some of the wildest Jazz/Rock jamming you could ever hope for.) On this duet disc, the styles of these two masters are different enough to provide a rich and compatible contrast- and their technical wizardry never interferes with the melodic lines and simple harmonies of the tunes. Time after Time and Isn't She Lovely are perfect examples of how they retain the simple structure of a familiar song while adding layers of improvisational dynamics and melodic invention to achieve an exciting blend of stimulating sound. This album is already one of my all time favorite guitar duo sessions.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I love it ! 23 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Another amazing performance featuring Bireli Lagrene, in my opinion one of the most exciting jazz guitarist. As an amateur guitarist myself, all of Bireli's work is source of ideas and inspiration. This CD also gives the opportunity to know a guitarist named Sylvain Luc, famous in France for being the side man of all the biggest name on the French scene. His technique is also impressing, admirably completing Bireli's style. He however can't be qualified as "straight" jazz guitarist, but more as a multi-talent, versatile personality. The choice of the songs is interesting, combining jazz standards and adaptation of popular music. I found especially remarkable the adaptation of a French song by George Brassens called "les amoureux des bancs publics" which in the original version is as far to a jazz song as possible, and which becomes here a very sensitive jazz ballad.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Killer guitar 14 July 2003
By Hippocrates G. Giatis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't go more that a few days without listening to a cut from this CD. Sylvain Luc brings his skills as a Jaco style bass player to the guitar; adding with his incredible musical taste and exquisite guitar techniques - his performance RANKS AS THE BEST accompaniment in a 2 guitar grouping (Guitarists must hear him comp!!!). AND this doesn�t even speak to his terrific soloing. America needs to see and hear Sylvain Luc.
And for those who don�t know Bireli Lagrene is arguably the best jazz guitarist in our world today.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Gyspy at Heart--Atavism forever 27 Nov. 2002
By Matt Archuleta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have followed Bireli Lagrène since 1987 when Blue Note records released the debut CD "Inferno." Then "Foreign Affairs" came out the following year, and "Acoustic Moments" and "Standards" followed in 1991 and 1992 respectively. Alas he was dropped by the label because he was no Jazz Guitar Madonna (well he "was" but the label didn't see it that way).

The music on this particular CD is acoustically incredible because of the skill in the playing of the musicians. I ask that one and all buy this CD. The interpretation of tunes by Stevie Wonder, Cyndy Lauper, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and a throwback to "Inferno" Inferno the track "Made In France" will have you searching the cut-out bins for all Lagrène releases.

Please listen to the second track, "Douce Ambiance" and all of the elements of finesse and inherent skills of Lagrène and Sylvain Luc will be known.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Simply Fabulous 24 April 2003
By E. P. CORREIA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First time I saw and heard Sylvain Luc in the Mezzo Channel I was amazed with his mix between extreme technique and great musicality. This guy is one of a kind! I never knew Biréli before this album...also a great musician! I recomend this album to anyone who enjoys being enchanted by the beautiful melodies of two guitars singing!
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